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Survey: New Urbanist Community Results in More Walking, Interaction

Researchers show that residents walk to shopping, but still drive to work. New urbanists have long condemned the cul-de-sac community and championed high-density, multiple use, walkable neighborhoods as an answer to heavy automobile dependence, sedentary lifestyles, and social isolation. However,…

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The Truth About Density

What’s the real relationship between housing density and quality of life? Will denser zoning ease traffic congestion? Result in high crime rates? Cause an increase in pollution? The answers may surprise you—and your fiercest opponents. As a builder, you probably…

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What is a Mixed-Use Community

Neighborhood designs that were prevalent in the development of municipalities in the 1960s and 1970s are being used as prototypes for today’s mixed-use developments. Mixed-use developments are extremely diverse, ranging broadly in composition, scope, and residential distribution. Homes tend to…

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Metropolitan Housing: More Space, Large Lots

Americans continue to favor large houses on large lots. The vast majority of new occupied housing in the major metropolitan areas of the United States was detached between 2000 and 2010 and was located in geographical sectors associated with larger…

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We Have LOTS to Talk About

As we approach the end of the year, it is always important to start to imagine what next year will look like for housing.  I think about that question every day, debating it, analyzing it, looking at the data, and…

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In Praise of the Great American Main Street

We read this article published by Huffington Post, and written by Kaid Benfield discussing main streets in America. It is becoming more and more popular to create “main streets” within master planned communities and for cities to revive or create a…

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Understanding Population Density

While the United States population density is about 90 people per square mile, most people live in cities, which have a much higher density. Even among cities, density values can vary considerably from one city to another. Population density allows…

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Study: Denser development boosts transit ridership

Right path » Offers support for new Wasatch Front land-use planning. A new national study supports a path Wasatch Front leaders are following to push for denser development around transit stops to help handle a projected 60 percent population growth…

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53K Utahns respond to survey about state’s future

SALT LAKE CITY — This past spring, Governor Gary Herbert, state leaders and Envision Utah asked all Utahns to weigh in on what they want their communities to look like in 2050. Nearly 53,000 people responded on a range of…

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Small Lot Ordinances Provide Density, Detached

The cutting-edge approach to land planning lends fluidity and affordability to sought-after urban enclaves. With parcels in high demand and short supply, cutting-edge jurisdictions are adopting small-lot ordinances. Los Angeles did this 10 years ago and now has the model…